Located in Macomb and Oakland counties, Stony Creek Metropark offers ice fishing, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, skating and more.
Ice fishing is available at both sections of Stony Creek Lake below 28 Mile Road, and ice shanties must be marked.
There are more than 13 miles of different cross-country skiing trails that are marked and groomed with flat and hilly terrain. The trails go on the golf course and mountain bike routes. Ski rental is available.
You can even do some snowshoeing throughout most of the park except on the cross-country ski trails.
The park also has an ice skating rink on Stony Creek Lake near the boat launch area, and you can do ice hockey in designated areas.
There are also some sledding hills for people of all ages, and snowboarding is allowed on some as well.
You can get some ice fishing done at Lake St. Clair Metropark when the weather is great for it. The area is known for pan fish and yellow perch, and fishing is allowed on the open waters of the lake, on the canals and the North Boat Basin.
There are 2.5 miles of marked cross-country ski trails with relatively flat terrain for beginners and intermediate levels.
An outdoor sledding hill with comfort stations, a warming room and picnic tables are near the West Playfield so people can go fast in the Metropark.
Finally, there is ice hockey at the outdoor ice hockey rink near the sledding hill, and an outdoor family ice skating rink is near the West Playfield as well.
You can go sledding, cross-country skiing or do some winter hiking at Indian Springs. The park said you bring your own sled or saucer to slide down the hill at the Meadowlark picnic area, and it’s great for kids.
There are plenty of hikes in the park ranging from half a mile to more than three miles.
Finally, there are 12 miles of trails on varied terrain, plus open expanses on the golf course, for classic and traditional Nordic cross-country skiing.
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There is a 3-mile paved hike and bike trail throughout the park, and also a 2-mile Acorn Nature Trail you can walk along the Huron River. In the winter, it gets crisp and quiet with the snow, and you can even try and find some tracks.
The Metropark also has six miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing. The trails are built for classic skiing only, with varied terrain for all skill levels. After, you can hit up the activity center for a heated lounge with vending machines and restrooms.
Wolcott Mill Metropark offers another opportunity to take a look at a working farm and see what it’s like for the barn animals.
The 250-acre working farm will give you an up-close look at cows, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, ducks and dairy cows.
While you’re asked not to feed the animals, you can definitely pet them. As it says on the website, “do you like having your head scratched? So do our animals. Some of our goats and cows really enjoy a good pet.”
With the farm comes interactive programming on a wide variety of subjects, which include sustainable agriculture, milk, wool production from labs, soil and water conservation and much more.